With war fever at its greatest pitch in 1941, recruitment into the American Armed Forces was a major issue. Parachute Battalion was shot on location at Fort Bennings in Georgia, and includes dramatic scenes of parachute drops performed by star troopers from the 501st Parachute Battalion. The story revolves around a motley crew of fresh recruits, each signing up for his own reasons but finally emerging as a seasoned paratrooper. The film, directed with great insight by Leslie Goodwins, brilliantly highlights the fact that nobody starts off as a pro in the Armed Forces, and that this is no limitation on future glory. Donald Morse, Jeff Hollis and Bill Burke, though from vastly diverse backgrounds, overcome their personal demons and biases to blend perfectly into an effective paratrooper unit. This classic inspirational feature film contributed significantly to the overall image of the American Armed Forces and lent the concept of fighting for the country a deserved aura of glamour and romance.
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